Jenny has been with us for about 6 years. She has blossomed and grown as an athlete. She is humble, kind and fun to have in our classes. We love coaching her, as she is receptive and listens to what the coaches have to say. I’ve never heard her make an excuse about her performance or movements. We love you Jenny!
From Jenny in her own words:
Crossfit, where have you been all my life? I am convinced that if I started Crossfit in my teens or early 20’s things would be a lot different. However it’s never too late to start this amazing sport. I started about six years ago when I knew a re-boot on my workout regime was needed after settling into a new home and raising two little wee ones. It was time to be selfish and focus on me. I’ve done lots of different workouts, hit the gym, did stuff at home, played sports but nothing ever compared to Crossfit. I saw a woman wearing a Crossfit Pickering t-shirt while I was at the soccer field for my daughter one summer day. That got things into motion and I haven’t looked back since.
My non-Crossfit friends think I’m totally crazy but those who know know how addictive and gratifying it is. From day one, the CFP community was incredibly welcoming and supportive by sharing their stories and strategies as I navigated through the group classes. The coaches are top notch – they watch what you do, offer valuable tips on technique, encourage scaling, push you to do more or go heavier because they know what you can handle, plus they are simply really cool human beings. The whole CFP community is like that which is one of the reasons why I keep going back. The other reason is simply because Crossfit Pickering is good for my soul in every single way, and getting physically stronger is an added bonus.
The TSN turning point for me was when I competed in the Crossfit Open for the first time four years ago. It was an opportunity to compete and do the same workouts as the professional athletes. I was pushed to perform like I never had before and I put myself out there to see what I was capable of. I wanted so badly to do well for myself that it nearly brought me to tears amongst all the cheering and encouragement from fellow athletes. Then I was really hooked. I set goals for myself, wanted to improve on the movements, wanted to see my numbers go up, how many more reps can I get, how much heavier can I lift, can I climb that 15ft rope (yes and I love it!)? During my journey, there have been many people whom I looked up to and admired for their dedication to the craft. They were my inspiration. They still are to this day. Goals are constant in Crossfit. For me, any and all gymnastics moves is one of them because I just never know when I need to do a handstand push up or chest to bars in everyday life.
If anyone has any shadow of a doubt whether they can do Crossfit, the answer is you bet you can. Sure, it can be a physical and mental grind some days, but knowing that you showed up, put in the work and did way more than what you expected is instant gratification – it’s a game changer for life.